So I read one more novel by nimra Ahmed. and this one only because I was recommended this one after my last review.
My verdict: did not like it much. it was good in parts but those parts were not enough for me.
MAJOR SPOILER ALERT
The story: mehmil’s dad died when she was around 10 years old. she now lives with her mom in the house that her father had built but now other family members like her chacha and Taya have taken over their whole house and their factories. she and her mom are treated like servants and they are forced to stay in a room which was used for storage earlier. so she thinks of herself as Cinderella and tries to lure her taya’s son, fawad. it turns out that fawad is a bad guy and sells her off to one of her clients. the client turns out to be an under cover police officer who wanted proof against fawad. mehmil escapes from humayon’s place and ends up in a masjid/Institute for girls. here she meets farishtey. mehmil really likes farishtey and impressed by her Islamic knowledge decides to learn Arabic herself and read the Quran with tafseer herself.
On the other hand, fawad gets arrested for human trafficking and other crimes and mehmil’s family blames her for all this claiming that she was lying and instead she had an affair with humayon. humayon is farishtey’s cousin and as mehmil now studies in farishtey’s Institute, she ends up meeting humayon and starts liking him.
With turn of events, it is revealed that farishtey is mehmil’s half sister and she also helps her get married to humayon. mehmil continues studying the Quran and soon Quran becomes her best friend who helps her in the darkest most difficult times in her life.
I think the intention of the writer was really good but the story was not well woven. the characters were not etched out properly and a lot of things were not explained well. however, I loved how nimra Ahmed showed that Quran talks to you if you want to get guidance. it was also refreshing to read that all people who know or read the Quran are to be trusted as Quran only guides those who seek for it with a pure heart and not those who are doing it for showing off or for some other ulterior motive. I loved reading all those parts where mehmil’s ‘friendship’ with Quran is shown and I hope the writer could have given a few more pages of that.
Have you read this novel?
This post is a collection of fatwas on random topics which have literally opened my eyes. You will notice how different the culture and religion are when you will go through them.
I just cannot say this enough: if you are a guy, plz plz read them all. You just do not know how much you can change your life as per Islamic terms just by applying these in your life.
Age of marriage
Minimum amount of Mahr
Gifts other than Mahr
Rights of spouse’s parents
Not living with parents, Wife asking for separate accomodation
Wife’s parents not wanting her to live with her husband’s parents
Wife visiting her parents
Serving husband’s parents
Obeying husband’s mother
Ruling on divorcing in jest
Wife asking divorce from non-religious husband or due to husband’s addiction
Acceptable reasons for Khula
You might like to read this first.
While women are expected to not enter the masjid at all, even if it is to enhance her knowldge of Islam, in Pakistan, most families would expect the women to carry the heavy burden of praying for the whole family. Now what the hell is that supposed to mean? I mean, people actually expect women to keep the man’s honour safeguarded between her legs, serve the in-laws, do the household chores like japanese robots and also pray on everyone else’s behalf too? And, dont think I am talking about uneducated people. I am talking about very sensible looking educated seeminly religious people….or the moderates as we would like to call them.
I will leave the rest of the issues but I will surely want to talk about women being expected to pray on the behalf of men in the family. I seriously didnt have much first hand experience of this till I got pregnant when everyone, literally everyone, started telling me things to read for a healthy baby. Someone told me that I should recite a particular name of Allah everyday a specific number of times every day to ensure safety of the foetus. She told me this several times, not just once. So i thought of looking up in various books and see how it has to be done. Interestingly, it was something that a man is supposed to do every morning after fajr prayer once his wife is pregnant. When I told this to the ‘mashwara khanum’, she just said, “men dont have to do wat women can take care of.” Wow, thats interesting.
Then obviously, there were people constantly telling me to pray for my husband’s health and financial gains. Not that I dont do that myself, I do and I will even if no one tells me to do it….I wonder why no one has ever told my husband to pray for my health and well being. And by that I am not even saying that my husband doesnt want to see me healthy. Obviously, he wants me to be healthy because having a healthy wife at home can give men peace of mind. But where does it say that women are ‘expected’ to pray more regularly? I always thought that gender does not play a role in front of Allah